Friday, June 24, 2011

Fixing the Mummmy Tummy!

I've had the dreaded Mummy Tummy going on 5 years now. I really haven't put much effort in trying to get rid of it because honestly I really didn't think much could help. I gained 50lb. when I got pregnant and lost it very quickly, which did wonders for my tummy.  I've had the excess fat and loose skin on my abdomen for the past 5 years and I'm not overweight. I've considered having a tummy tuck or other type of laser-fat-reducing-skin shrinking work done to myself. I don't really have the money to have any procedures done and I knew there had to be some way to get rid of my Mummy Tummy.

So, I started doing these Diastasis exercises every day and have been doing so for the past month. I can honestly say I can see a difference. I actually wore a bikini to the pool the other day for the first time since before I became pregnant , something I thought I would never do again. My tummy is nowhere near looking like a Victoria Secret model, but for me it is an improvement. I wanted to share this because it really had made a difference in my tummy and made me feel better about my body. 

How to Get Rid of Your Mummy Tummy
by Julie Tupler, a Registered Nurse, Certified Trainer and Childbirth Educator

How to Fix a Diastasis (and Lose that Mummy Tummy!)
The most important thing you need to do is strengthen the transverse muscle in a sitting position. This is the missing link in all abdominal work!

You can do one of the seated exercises (called the elevator) while watching TV or driving in a car. (Just make sure your back is supported and does not move while doing the exercises.)

• Put your hands on your belly so you can tell that the muscles are going back towards your spine.
• Now imagine you are bringing your belly button to your inner spine.
• Hold it there for the count of 30. Count out loud as it forces you to breathe.
• Now close your eyes and imagine that your belly button is going from your inner spine to your outer spine. It is a little isometric squeeze.
• After you squeeze remember to keep it at your inner spine.
• Do 10 of these little squeezes as you count out loud.
• End with a big belly breath.
(You should feel this in your back.) *I do feel it in my back when I do it.
Do 10 of these exercises every day.

*Disclaimer.  A healty diet and a regular cardio program will help you lose the layer of fat over your abdominal muscles.  The combination of diet, cardio and the Diastasis exercise should really make a difference in your tummy and also the rest of your body...granted you didn't have quintuplets or anything.  LOL!  I also wanted to add that I am not a licensed fitness trainer and you should consult your doctor's advice before starting any exercise program. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sangatte Slip Dress Sale!

I just love the weekly Anthropologie Tuesday sale, especially when something I've been coveting goes on sale.  This week it was the lovely Sangatte Slip Dress.  I know everyone went crazy over the Verdant Slip Dress which is the same style but with a different print.  I like the more muted colors in the Sangatte.  I bought a 2 and I hope it fits since it is my usual TTS.  I'll post pics when it arrives!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sprightly Shirtdress Pic!

My Sprightly Shirtdress came in and I really do like it.  The fit of the size 2 is perfect for me, not too tight and not too loose.  The reviews on Anthropologie vary from fitting TTS to big and several recommended sizing down.  I think shirtdresses should be a little loose, kind of like wearing a man's button down shirt.  I think if I had gown down a size, it would have been too fitted for my liking...besides with button downs I never know if the girls are going to work.  I removed the ribbon sash that came with it, since it is a little flimsy and crinkled from shipping.  I decided to try the dress with the navy Crossroads Belt and I think they are a perfect fit.  I like the dress with a more substantial belt, it really pulls it together for me.  Now, I just have to figure out if I have shoes to go with it.  ^_^.

Which brings me to a question to ask the followers: Is it okay this day and age to wear different color shoes and belts?  The old me would always make sure I had wore black shoes with a black belt and brown shoes with a brown belt, etc.  The new me likes to mix it up and would wear the shirtdress with my navy Crossroads Belt and a neutral or even bright colored shoe.  What are your thoughts on mixing or matching colors with shoes, belts and purses.  Perhaps I need to go play on Polvore!  :)

Anthropologie Sprightly Shirtdress (still on sale here!)
Anthropologie Crossroad Belt in Navy Motif (similar here)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Shifting Buttons Skirt and Sea Pairing Cowlneck OOTDs!

I've been able to stop for a few minutes the past couple of afternoons after getting home from work to snap a few pictures of my outfits.  The sun showers my bedroom in the late afternoon and it's a perfect time to take a picture.  It has taken me a few days, sometimes needing a break from my son and fiance, to get them edited. LOL! Today you get two outfits, one from Monday, June 13th and another from Tuesday, June 14th.  

The first outfit has the Shifting Buttons Skirt.  I love the colors, button details and the pockets on this skirt.  I'm still a bit undecided on whether the skirt actually flatter my figure.  I know at shin length most skirts make you look a little stubby and wider.  I paired it with a skinny belt and cowlneck hoping that the two would slim my figure.  Looking at the picture now, I think the shoes are my main concern with the outfit.   I'll have to find a shoe a bit taller and more summery to take the heaviness out of the lower half of the look.  What do you all think?

Cheap Target Cowlneck...don't remember the brand (similar styles here)
Merona Turquoise Skinny Belt (similar here)
Anthropologie Shifting Buttons Skirt (similar styles here)
Seychelles Watching the Clock (here)

Outfit #2
The Sea Pairing Cowlneck.  I really love this top, the colore are beautiful and it has so many options on how to wear it.  The cowlneck is made up of tho long pieces of fabric attached to either side of the neck also their are two fabric holders (like ones sewn on either side of dress to hold the belt in place) to keep everything in place.  I've worn the shirt three times and every time I've worn it differently.  The first time I had one strap in front and another in back, the second time both were styled in back on either side, this time they are style in back but just to one side.  I guess I should have taken a picture of that.  LOL!  This is really a fun shirt, and I'm still having fun creating new ways to wear it.  This is truly a unique piece.

Anthropolgie Sea Pairing Cowlneck (similar styles here)
Hudson Jeans (similar styles here)
Corso Como Emeral Isle Wedges (here)

    Thursday, June 9, 2011

    Layered in Slate Skirt and Decade by Decade Skirt

    Sometimes I wish we had a spring season where I live.  It goes from cold to unbearably hot in a matter of a couple weeks.  It's a good thing that this year I've started wearing skirts more, because jeans are just to heavy to wear in the humid weather.

    Here are my past two days worth of outfits!  

    C&C Bold Tank in Light Blue
    Anthropologie Layered in Slate Skirt
    Miz Mooz Camelot Sandals

    Michael Stars Shine Tank
    Decade by Decade Skirt
    Seychelles Watching the Clock

    Tuesday, June 7, 2011

    Extra 25% off all sale purchases, purchase!

    I've been busy in real life, not finding much time to blog.  I suppose I should take a little time each day to write something, though since this is a fashion blog it seems appropriate if it is about, well, fashion. :)  

    Today I have something to post!  I couldn't resist the regular Anthropologie Tuesday sale today, but only because of the extra 25% off all sale purchases.  Woo Hoo!  

    I've had my eye on the Sprightly Shirtdress for some time.  I've always liked shirtdresses, they are easy to wear and typically comfortable.  I like the fun colors on the green version and I think it will be easy to either dress it up or down.  I'm not so sure about the belt that comes with the Sprightly, but I'm sure I can find another in my closet to take it's place if it doesn't work out.  I wasn't entirely sure about sizing as many reviews said this dress ran TTS to a bit big.  To be on the safe size, LOL, I went with my regular dress size.  I'll post pics as soon as it arrives!

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